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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 29, 2013 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

"The Dead & their audience were of no interest to news shows in the '70s.
VCRs didn't become common til the '80s, so news clips that did get shown in the '70s didn't get preserved."

This is spot on analysis for the lack of 70s mainstream media coverage.
The media needs a hook to hang their story hat on and that was missing in the 70s. As Jerry explained to a French journalist in 1971, the 'revolution' was over by that time. And with that, time needed to pass before the they could be considered a nostalgia act, or at least a musical anachronism. That window or chunk of time that needed to play out between the death of one narrative and the birth of another just so happened to be the 70s.
The lack of VCRs of course helps explain why whatever little DID happen didn't get preserved.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 29, 2013 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

Outside of the Egypt trip, it's hard to think of a "hook" that could catch the Dead in the '70s; mainstream-wise, they were just another band.
I never really thought of looking for post-60s TV news coverage of the Dead before - but I take it AltheaRose used to be in the profession, so she's interested in how the media covered the Dead. I always took for granted they would never have anything interesting or informative to say about the band, except as a distorted mirror of wider cultural perceptions.
For instance in "Hippie Temptation" from '67, the band is used to represent those weird new hippie types, babbling about peace in-between joints. Then they drop out of the mainstream media eye for 13 years or so, then lo! they're back, now as nostalgic relics, drifting clouds of drugged-out hippies behind them....

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 29, 2013 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

I agree about "distorted mirror of cultural perceptions," but time distorts perceptions so much that a distorted mirror from the time is pretty revealing IMO. I'm curious about the discourse from that in-between time, since both the "hippie temptation" and the nostalgic "sea of tie dye" narratives are so well known and tend to color the historical view of how the band was seen and experienced.

"Used to be"? Geez. Actually I never did TV news -- trust me, my stock of makeup would be way under par -- but as far as GD-related TV goes, I did do one of those latter-day mob TV press conferences. At least one and I think two stations used my question instead of their own reporter's. I can't remember what it was (it was probably lame, but I guess it got a TV-worthy answer) or even when it was, exactly; but the only interviewee was Mickey, and still there was quite a packed mob of reporters and cameras, meaning that maybe a dozen media outlets thought that even Mickey alone was worthy of dispatching a crowd of reporters and cameras and then allocating time on TV that night to whatever Mickey had to say, which is astounding when you think of it.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 29, 2013 9:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

"Used to be?"
Still are? I'd assumed, what with your current location & the overall dwindling of print news, that you'd changed professions, but must've been mistaken...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 29, 2013 10:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

I haven't done full-time daily hard news from a print newsroom in a long time, but fortunately there are other ways to get paid to sit at a computer and ramble.

Hey, you don't think I'm contributing all these exciting posts to the forum for free, do you? Wait. You mean Jeff doesn't pay you? :-)

Just don't make me interview politicians. That's like entering one of Dante's Circles of Hell.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 30, 2013 12:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

It's my post so I pick the Canto I want to, but I would rec one in the late 20s for your average pol.

http://tinyurl.com/aoeqn37

Or for the purists in the crowd (begins @2:04)> http://tinyurl.com/b8m24sx

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 30, 2013 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oldest Non-60s News Show Clips

My son took a course on Dante and then was deeply offended to learn that there's a video game in which, he says, Dante is a hunky sword-wielding steroid case. I think it's kind of interesting that Dante was used for a video game, but I've been informed that I'm SO wrong, because Dante did NOT battle his way through any levels.

Heard of this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVs0zC3V5GQ&;list=SPD9E754D79D7FB0B2